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Quality Improvement

Small-LivingoodA collaborative study including Dr. William C. Livingood at Georgia Southern University Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health evaluates quality improvement and its impact on public health outcomes and agency culture. Quality improvement (QI) is increasingly recognized as an important strategy to improve healthcare services and health outcomes, including reducing health disparities. However, there is a paucity of evidence documenting the value of QI to public health agencies and services. The purpose of this project was to support and assess the impact on the outcomes and organizational culture of a QI project to increase immunization rates among children aged 2 years (4:3:1:3:3:1 series) within a large public health agency with a major pediatric health mission.

The application of QI combined with a summative and developmental evaluation supported refinement of the QI approach and documented the potential for QI to improve population health outcomes and improve public health agency culture.

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Posted in Community Health, CPHPR, JPHCOPH, Research